Mrs. B - we are in the same boat lol. I work full time and travel... I have 5 kids, homeschooling the oldest two and my stepdaughter. This part isn't as bad as it sounds, because the older two don't take a lot of time and my step-daughter is using an online academy, so I don't plan out the lessons, but it still adds to the work on my plate. I also travel enough to comfortably maintain frequent flyer status, not to mention I am in the process of working on a dual-language MBA. Oh and my "hobby" for the fall is canning and preserving organic fruits and veggies so that I can buy cheap in bulk from a local farmer and feed it to the family for the winter. This takes up a TON of time on the weekends though it is something that DH and I like to do together. (as nerdy as that sounds)
I feel like I am totally TOTALLY in over my head and have been a little bit stressed out lately. I manage to juggle everything as long as nothing unexpected comes up and on those days, I have a rough time.
The area that suffers the most is cleaning the house, so I've compensated by getting a little bit extra paid help with the housework and strictly enforcing the chores that the kids have always been expected to do. I'm also leaning on DH a little bit more than I used to, especially when I have a big paper due.
Perhaps the hardest thing is that it's tough finding anyone at all that can relate to my workload.... friends don't really understand that when I say I'm busy and can't go to a party, I am not lying. I really am busy and no, it's not an excuse. Most people have no idea how much work can go into writing a paper, lol, especially one in another language - that usually takes me quite a bit more time. Luckily I have the best DH in the world and he'll happily sit next to me on the couch while I'm on my laptop and he's on his.. usually that means that we're up really late every night and no I don't sleep a lot anymore.
I know that this difficult period in my life will be worth it and I'm glad my kids see me studying and working hard. I hope that I'm setting a good example and even if my social life right now is non-existent, any free time I have is totally dedicated to my family, which is more important to me.
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